U.S. Open Cup: Quarterfinal pairings announced

With one third round game still to play, U.S. Soccer has announced the pairings and schedule for the quarterfinals of the 1999 U.S. Open Cup. The four matches will take place from August 10-18, with two of the four games being hosted by A-League teams. The final third-round game will be played Aug. 4 when the two-time MLS and '96 Open Cup champion D.C. United battles the A-League's Charlston Battery at the newly built Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. The two A-League host teams, the Rochester Raging Rhinos and Staten Island Vipers, will be looking to further their role of the spoiler in this year's tournament after they both upset their MLS counterparts in the third round of the 1999 U.S. Open Cup and will try to do the same at the quarter-final stage. The Rhinos, the defending A-League champs, pulled out a surprising 1- 0 win over the Chicago Fire, the reigning U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup holders, in front of 10,107 fans at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y. One night earlier and across the state, the Vipers stole a 3-2 overtime victory from the ailing NY/NJ MetroStars. The Rhinos will host the 1997 Open Cup champion Dallas Burn on Aug. 11 at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y., arguably one of the most difficult soccer stadiums to play in as a visiting team. The Vipers will host the winner of the D.C./Charleston match on Aug. 18, at Mitchell Park in Staten Island, N.Y. The two teams will be looking to be the first non-MLS teams to earn a semi-final spot since 1997, when the D3 Pro League's San Francisco Bay Seals advanced to the Final Four before falling to D.C. United, 2-1. MLS, which has dominated the final stages of the Open Cup in the three previous years and has produced the last three champions, will host the other two matches. The Colorado Rapids, who lead the Western Conference with a 12-5 record, will travel to face the Tampa Bay Mutiny on Aug. 13 at Raymond James Stadium. In the other all-MLS quarterfinal, 1998 Open Cup runner-up Columbus will head west to take on the rejuvenated Los Angeles Galaxy on Aug. 11 at Cal-State Fullerton's Titan Field. Here's a look at the Quarterfinal pairings: Aug. 11 -- Columbus Crew (MLS) at Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) in Fullerton, Calif. (7:30 p.m. kickoff, PT). Aug. 11 -- Dallas Burn (MLS) at Rochester Rhinos (A-League) in Rochester, N.Y. (7:35 p.m. kickoff, ET). Aug. 13 -- Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS) in Tampa, Fla. (7:30 p.m. kickoff, ET). Aug. 18 -- D.C. United or Charleston Battery at Staten Island Vipers (A-League) in Staten Island, N.Y. (7:30 p.m. kickoff, ET).
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